Job Overview


The Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT), Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, seeks an experienced Department of Justice (DOJ) attorney, Assistant United States Attorney, or a State prosecutor to serve as Resident Legal Advisor (RLA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

This assignment is for 14 months with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. This position may be filled by a reimbursable detail or term appointment. Conditions of the detail will be handled on a case-by-case basis, and will require an agreement between the chosen applicant's home office and OPDAT.

The mission of OPDAT is to develop and administer technical and developmental assistance designed to enhance the capabilities of foreign justice sector institutions and their law enforcement personnel. This assistance is administrated in order to enable those institutions and their personnel to more effectively combat terrorism, organized crime, corruption, financial crimes and other types of crime consistent with the rule of law. The assistance is also administered to the United States and countries in their region to combat such crime.


The RLA will represent the U.S. Department of Justice and OPDAT, and will design and implement capacity development programs in partnership with the African Union (AU) in response to the growing need to combat terrorist threats and networks across national borders and regions within Africa. Programs organized by the RLA will be directed towards justice sector officials, legislators, law enforcement, and prosecutors, and will be designed to promote skills development and professional competencies. Further, these programs will focus on the Horn of Africa, although work can be done in other regions where appropriate and following consultations with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Counterterrorism. The RLA’s work may involve analysis of and advice on pending counterterrorism and criminal procedure legislation, and on revision of relevant criminal statutes, codes, and regulations. The RLA may also be called upon to support regional Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) efforts, and play a leading role in coordinating GCTF donor engagement on counterterrorism-related capacity building issues in the Horn of Africa.